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Ashamed of [T]? (fy: /T/ -> /t_d/?)

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Sunday, October 31, 2004, 6:46
 --- Mark J. Reed skrzypszy:

> I only added that as an aside in my post, whose primary purpose > was to ask why some Germans are "ashamed" to say [T]. Feeling > ashamed about producing a phone just strikes me as odd. I still > don't understand it.
In Dutch, [T] can only be heard in the speech of people with a speech defect. And I think that's the answer to your question. Even though the effect is not the same when Dutch people speak English, many of them are hesitant to use it even there. It's like the fear to get undressed before entering a sauna, even if you know that all the others are undressed, too. ;) Likewise, certain sounds only exist in certain dialects (which are often looked down upon by the speakers of the "standard" language), and they are likely to produce the same effect. Jan ===== "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito." Relay 10: ___________________________________________________________ALL-NEW Yahoo! Messenger - all new features - even more fun!


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